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The Labyrinth Index

A Laundry Files Novel

By Charles Stross

  • Hardback
  • £18.99

James Bond meets H. P. Lovecraft in the ninth Laundry Files novel from Hugo Award winner Charles Stross, in a series where British spies take on the supernatural

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats, has culminated in the unthinkable - an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street.

But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhari Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

A thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found - Mhari must lead a task force of disgraced Laundry personnel into the storm front to discover the truth. But working for an elder god is never easy, and as the stakes rise, Mhari will soon question exactly where her loyalties really lie.

Biographical Notes

Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, two of which are part of the Laundry Files series, Stross's works have been translated into over twelve languages. As the owner of degrees in pharmacy and computer science, he graduated as the world's only academically qualified cyberpunk writer just as cyberpunk died. Today he describes his job as telling lies for money and tormenting his imaginary friends. Follow his blog at http://www.accelerando.org/ and his Twitter feed at @cstross.

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  • ISBN: 9780356511085
  • Publication date: 30 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Orbit
Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time — Ben Aaronovitch, author of RIVERS OF LONDON
Charles Stross owns this field, and his vast, cool intellect has launched yet another mad, sly entertainment that will strangle the hell out of anything else on offer right now — Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan
Stross at the top of his game - which is to say, few do it better — KIRKUS
Alternately chilling and hilarious — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Ferociously enjoyable — SFX
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